Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Publication Date: June 2015
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 4/5 Stars
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?
Well dang, if that isn’t a heck of a synopsis. This was my first ever Adam Silvera book, and it did not disappoint.
First, I really enjoyed the setting of the story. It takes place in the Bronx in a world very similar to our own, except for the powerful corporation known as “Leteo” that can alter memories and therefore, allow clients to forget painful experiences and live their “happily ever after”. Of course, things don’t always go that smoothly.
Despite the futuristic premise, this book definitely reads as a contemporary and I was just a little disappointed that Leteo wasn’t more fully explored in the book. I was almost hoping for something a little more sci-fi-ish (almost wrote sci-fish, which is not what I was hoping for, just to clarify).
It may have been because I listened to the audiobook, which was by no means bad, but it felt like the story dragged a little in a few places. It makes me wonder if I would have given the book a higher rating if I read the physical book. (I may need to reread the physical book sometime in the future to compare notes.)
Overall, this is definitely a dark book and tackles some difficult issues, but does so extremely well and I am no so stoked to read another (ahem, all) of Adam Silvera’s books.
Also, second book of the Booktube-A-Thon DONE!!